The final race before the KartStars Canada National Championships at Goodwood Kartways, TRAK Race 7 was a very well attended club race as drivers looked to get as much practice in as they could before the big race.
Toronto Racing Association of Karters – 7
Being familiar with the weekend’s standard forward long-track layout, Daniel’s day got off to a decent start, running close to the front in practice. Running without the draft in qualifying, Daniel managed P5, only two tenths of a second off pole position.
Chris Demaras watched qualifying from pit lane, where he did his part volunteering for the club assisting with technical inspection. Thankfully, Chris only had to paint tires, and wasn’t responsible for anything too complicated.
During the Pre-Final race, Demaras moved into fourth early on as Dave Miller and Eli Yanko fought for the lead, until contact between the two sent Yanko spinning backwards at Turn 5.
Daniel made an overtake a lap later, now in P2 with hopes of chasing down the leader. However, once KartStars rival Levon Beaudin passed him, Demaras decided it would be better to start inside of row two rather than outside of row one, and stayed in third place for the remainder of the race of the race.
When the green flag flew to signal the start of the Final, Demaras immediately moved into second as the outside row started slow. But Daniel had to ward off an attack from Jeff Conte through the infield, costing time to the leader. Once Demaras pulled away from the competitor, he set the No.412 New Speed Motorsports Powered by PRO kart to the task of catching leader Miller, but Demaras couldn’t get close the gap enough and had to settle for 2nd place.
With less than a week before the biggest race of the karting season, Daniel Demaras was glad to bring home a solid podium result in a strong club field. It was also a good weekend for New Speed Motorsports, with Mini ROK standout Santiago Ramirez taking his second consecutive victory.
Canadian Karting Challenge – 3
On Sunday, NSM teammates Daniel Demaras and Rocco Simone made the trek up to Gilford, Ontario, to wrap up the double-header race weekend by competing in CKC Race 3.
After finishing second in Briggs Cadet on Saturday, young Simone won a nail-biter at Innisfil Indy on Sunday.
For Demaras, the event wasn’t quite as exciting, competing alone in Briggs Masters (a class of one) tacked on to the Briggs Senior race. While Daniel Demaras enjoyed racing against his friend Matthew White, the difference between 340 lbs Senior and 375 Masters categories was too much to overcome to reach the podium. Demaras remains second in 2020 Canadian Karting Challenge only 16 points behind White.
Now, attention shifts back to Goodwood Kartways, and all eyes are focused on Nationals.